Vision and Mental skills coach to work with USA Softball Womens National team
CHESTER, N.Y . -- Tony Abbatine, the International Director
of Instruction for Frozen Ropes will join the 2014 USA Softball Women's
National team as they prepare for their upcoming international competition at
the ISF XIV World Championship in Haarlem, Netherlands. With similar
positions with Major League Baseball teams, including the New York Mets,
Boston Red Sox, the New York Yankees and the Colorado Rockies,
Abbatine will provide support in the area of pitch recognition and mental
skills training to this year's Women's National team. Abbatine has worked
with several college softball programs most recently, the University of
Florida, Hofstra and the University of South Florida.
''What a great opportunity for our National team players to be
able to work with one of the best vision coaches in the industry,"
said USA Softball Women's National team head coach Ken Eriksen. "The
ASA/USA Softball National Office is all about giving our players the best
opportunity to prepare them for gaining back the gold medal at this year’s World
Championships in the Netherlands.”
Working with national teams as they prepare for international play
is not new for Abbatine. He was on the coaching staff for the 2005
German National Baseball team at the European Championships in Amsterdam
and also trained the 2006 French National Baseball Team. His work in the
area of mental skills and pitch recognition has been featured in Sports
Illustrated, USA Today and Newsweek.
"Having an opportunity to work with the USA Softball National
team and provide support to Coach Eriksen and the rest of his staff with
cutting edge training will be a real challenge," said Abbatine.
"At the elite level, the difference, many times in performance outcome is
more about emotional and visual control than it is about mechanics and
Abbatine will join the Women's National team pool of players in
Lynchburg, Va. on June 8 as they prepare for a summer full of
events. To read more about the 2014 schedule for USA Softball and the
athletes invited to attend the selection camp and tour - click here.
The Amateur Softball Association, founded in 1933, is the National Governing
Body of softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic
Committee. The ASA has become one of the nation’s largest sports organizations
and now sanctions competition in every state through a network of 76 local
associations. The ASA has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to
over 165,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than 2.5 million.
For more information on the ASA, visit http://www.asasoftball.com/.
About USA Softball
USA Softball is the brand created, operated and owned by the ASA that links the
USA Men’s, Women’s, Junior Boys’ and Junior Girls’ National Team programs
together. USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting
these four National Teams to compete in international and domestic
competitions. The USA Softball Women’s National Team is one of the only two
women’s sports involved in the Olympic movement to capture three consecutive
gold medals at the Olympic Games since 1996. The U.S. women have also won nine
World Championship titles including the last seven consecutive as well as
claimed six World Cup of Softball titles. For more information about USA
Softball, please visit http://www.usasoftball.com.
About Frozen Ropes
With facilities throughout the US and training events in
Europe and the Middle East, Frozen Ropes provides softball and baseball support
to amateur and professional players and teams.
In addition to the teaching the fundamental skills at every
position, Frozen Ropes training and success stories in the area of
Mental skills and Pitch recognition is considered the best in the
Frozen Ropes has presented several times at the NFCA convention
and the ABCA ( Baseball) Convention over the last few years. For more
information visit: http://www.frozenropes.com